New Brunswick – Surface water and groundwater levels are lower than normal throughout the province, which is why New Brunswickers are advised to conserve water.
Environment and Local Government Minister Jeff Carr said the combination of extreme heat and low participation have impacted water levels throughout the province, particularly the southeastern part of the province. Carr said while the province did see some rain over the last couple of days, a “slow, steady rainfall” over several days is what’s needed to see a rise in water levels.
At the end of June, stream-flow amounts for the bulk of the province were below normal. With July, August, and September typically being low-flow months, there is even more reason to conserve water now.
The Farmers Almanac is predicting 30 mm below the average rainfall for July and August in the southern portion of the province.
The Department of Environment and Local Government suggests the following ways for residents to conserve water:
- avoid washing vehicles;
- avoid watering lawns;
- avoid filling swimming pools;
- use washing machines and dishwashers less frequently and with full loads only;
- take quick showers to minimize water used for washing;
- consider plumbing alterations, such as installing low-flow faucets; and
- check for leaks in plumbing systems, such as leaking faucets and toilets, and repair as necessary.
For updates on water levels in the province, visit the New Brunswick Water Quantity Information website. This site is updated monthly and contains summaries of precipitation, stream-flow runoff and groundwater levels.